“They don’t seem to be shedding proper now, I feel that’s honest to say,” Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Employees, mentioned of the Taliban throughout a dialogue at a safety discussion board in Halifax, Nova Scotia. “We used the time period stalemate a 12 months in the past and, comparatively talking, it has not modified a lot.”
Dunford mentioned that whereas there would by no means be a “navy resolution” by itself to convey peace to Afghanistan, america and its Nato companions are working to leverage navy, political and financial strain to persuade the Taliban it’s of their curiosity to barter a political resolution to the disaster with the federal government in Kabul.
“With out going into element right here, we do consider the Taliban know that in some unspecified time in the future they do must reconcile,” he mentioned. “The important thing to success is to mix all that strain to incentivize the Taliban” to barter.
Whereas Dunford mentioned latest elections in Afghanistan had been “largely profitable” and famous the significance of subsequent 12 months’s presidential election there, he added, “I feel we’re a good distance,” from having the ability to say that time of reconciliation with the Taliban has been reached.
As a part of the administration’s technique to convey a few political decision to the 17-year battle, President Donald Trump introduced a rise in US troops final 12 months that introduced the whole quantity within the nation to about 14,000.
However progress towards ending the decades-long battle has confirmed elusive.
And Afghan safety forces who took the lead from the US in 2014 on efforts to safe the nation are nonetheless struggling a excessive variety of casualties of their battle towards the Taliban.
Protection Secretary James Mattis informed an viewers in Washington final month that Afghan forces had sustained “over a thousand lifeless and wounded” in August and September of their effort to guard Afghan parliamentary elections in October.
“They stayed within the discipline preventing, and the Taliban has been prevented from what they mentioned they had been going to do, which was to take and maintain districts and provincial facilities, and in addition disrupt an election that they had been unable to disrupt,” Mattis mentioned.